I have to disagree, if anything it was driven by religious ideology, although I’m not religious and I still think harvesting human embryo’s is wrong.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is ending former President George W. Bush's limits on using federal dollars for embryonic stem cell research, with advisers calling the move a clear signal that science — not political ideology — will guide the administration.
All George Bush did was protect people who are opposed to the harvesting of human embryos for scientific purposes from having to fund it with their tax money. He didn’t outlaw it, and in fact stem cell research did receive funding during the Bush administration as long as the studies didn’t use human embryos.
So it seems that so far the Obama administration’s goal is to raise our taxes and then use that money to fund morally questionable activities.